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Education of school-age children in short-term foster careWorking groupRecommendations to legislature. (Effective until September 1, 2018.)

(1) Within existing resources, the department of social and health services, in cooperation with the office of the superintendent of public instruction, shall convene a working group to prepare a plan for the legislature which addresses educational stability and continuity for school-age children who enter into short-term foster care. The working group shall be comprised of representatives from:
(a) The children's administration of the department of social and health services;
(b) The special education, transportation, and apportionment divisions of the office of the superintendent of public instruction;
(c) The Washington state institute for public policy;
(d) School districts;
(e) Organizations that regularly advocate for foster children;
(f) Foster parents; and
(g) Other individuals with related expertise as deemed appropriate by the working group.
(2)(a) The working group shall develop a plan for assuring that the best interests of the child are a primary consideration in the school placement of a child in short-term foster care. The plan must:
(i) Determine the current status of school placement for children placed in short-term foster care;
(ii) Identify options and possible funding sources from existing resources which could be made available to assure that children placed in short-term foster care are able to remain in the school where they were enrolled prior to placement;
(iii) Submit recommendations to the legislature by November 1, 2002, to assure the best interest of the child receives primary consideration in school placement decisions.
(b) The plan shall be developed within existing resources.

NOTES:

Effective date2002 c 326: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately [April 2, 2002]." [ 2002 c 326 § 3.]
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